Weather doesn’t stop zoo from start of 50th season

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – One of the city’s most popular attractions is open for the season. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is celebrating its 50th year.

The season kicked-off Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. Despite temperatures in the low-40s and rainy conditions, a little more than 50 people were already in line by the time gates opened.

Photo gallery | Zoo kicks off 50th season

Many people said they wanted to make their first stop at the Sumatran orangutans where a new young face is in the group. Asmara turned five-months-old earlier this month. The orangutan was born at the zoo back on November 22, 2014, and was the first orangutan to be born in a United States zoo in 2014.

Asmara gives the zoo four orangutans at the exhibit.

The zoo has also continued working on its old aquarium exhibit. It has been re-branded as the Reef Aquarium. It is set to open in May. The renovated display features new theming, new fish including venomous lionfish, and a completely renovated 17,000-gallon coral reef tank.

Later this summer, Stingray Bay will bring popular aquatic species to the zoo. Housed in the former Nocturnal Building, Stingray Bay will feature a wide 20,000-gallon pool teeming with two-foot-wide stingrays. A July opening is planned for Stingray Bay.

Click here for more on the zoo’s history.

Admission prices are the following:

  • Zoo members – free (click here to learn more)
  • Adults 19-59 – $14.00
  • Children 2-18 – $9.00
  • Seniors (60+) – $10.50
  • School Groups – $6.50
  • Large Groups – prices vary

The zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. It will end its every day schedule on Sunday, October 11.

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